How Does the Koran Compare to the Bible?

Table of Contents

1. What The Koran Says About The Bible

2. The Greatest Demonstration of Love the World Has Ever Seen

Something to do, someone to love and something to hope for

3. The Great Mystery Unveiled–The Truth About The Trinity

A great mystery clearly explained

4. The Greatest Gift

How God Can Legally forgive sin without Compromising His Justice?

5. The Greatest Relationship

The Fatherhood of God

6. The Greatest Words Ever Spoken-Has anyone ever spoken like this man?

Many of the most infamous people in history have been change by these words

7. The Greatest Prophecies

Only someone with omniscience can predict the future and be 100% accurate

Chapter One

What the

Koran

says about the Bible

Here are the actual verses from the Koran:

“We (Allah) gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of messengers” (Sura 2:87).

“It is He (Allah) Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong)” (Sura 3:3).

“We (Allah) have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Ismdil, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms” (Sura 4:163).

“And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah’ (Sura 5:46).

“Rejected were the messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those messengers” (Sura 6:34).

“The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfillment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all” (Sura 6:115).

“This Koran could not have been composed by any except Allah; but it is a confirmation of that which was revealed before it, and an explanation of the scripture; there is no doubt thereof, sent down from the Lord of all creatures” (Sura 10:37).

“For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity”(Sura 10:64).

According to Islam, the Koran completes the Old and the New Testament, and Allah is the author of all three. In Sura 40:45, the Koran, referring to the “People of the book (Jews and Christians) says: “Our God and your God are one”

The Koran says that Moses and Jesus were true prophets of God. It also explicitly states that Allah’s words cannot be changed! As For those who say the Bible has been corrupted That leaves three choices, either Allah IS NOT ALL POWERFUL AND therefore UNABLE TO PROTECT HIS WORD, OR THE Koran HAS AN ERROR, OR, THE Koran is correct and BIBLE HAS NOT BEEN CORRUPTED!

God made sure no one could ever claim the Bible was a man-made conspiracy

The Bible is utterly unique for several reasons. It not only refers to itself as “The Word of God”, but offers many infallible proofs that it is. Keep reading and you’ll see why.

The Bible was written over the course of 1,500 years, on three continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa. It was written in three languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It was produced by 40 different writers, and yet it has a beginning, middle, and an end. Its main theme is the redemption of man and its main character is Jesus Christ. It speaks on hundreds of controversial topics in perfect harmony. Completed 1,900 years ago, the Bible tells us how the world began and how it will end; it reveals the purpose of man, and the future of mankind.

The Proof is in the Prophecy

Bible prophecy is empirical proof of divine inspiration. The reason is obvious. No human being can even come close to predicting the future with 100 percent accuracy. Only someone with omniscience can do that. Dr. Wilbur Smith, who assembled a personal library of 29,000 volumes, concludes that:

Whatever one may think of the authority of and the message presented in the book we call the Bible, there is world-wide agreement that in more ways than one it is the most remarkable volume that has ever been produced in these some 5,000 years of writing on the part of the human race.

It is the only volume ever produced by man, or a group of men, in which is to be found a large body of prophecies relating to individual nations, to Israel, to all the peoples of the earth, to certain cities, and to the coming of one who was to be the Messiah. The ancient world had many different devices for determining the future, known as divination, but not in the entire gamut of Greek and Latin literature, even though they use the words prophet and prophecy, can we find any real specific prophecy of a great historic event to come in the distant future, nor any prophecy of a Savior to arise in the human race.1

The Scriptures also contain metaphysical information that transcends the human intellect. From astronomy, to physics, to biology, to eschatology and much more, any unbiased student who takes the time to examine the evidence of prophecy will be forced to the inescapable conclusion that the Bible is a direct revelation from an infinitely superior intelligence. The following are just a few examples of God’s prophetic ability recorded thousands of years BEFORE man “discovered” them.

Physics

The very first verse in the Bible perfectly parallels one of the greatest and most advanced physics equations ever discovered. Keep in mind that the Scriptures were written thousands of years before scientific research even began. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity provided a basis for proof that time, space and matter (which is energy) were not only the foundational facts of science, but each had a beginning (as opposed to being eternal). The implications of this mathematical equation (math being a perfect science) cannot be overstated. It left Einstein (and all the rest of us) staring in the face of God.

Incredibly, the Bible begins with these words, “In the beginning (that’s time) God created (that’s energy) the heavens (that’s space) and the earth (that’s matter). And that’s just the first verse! Then in chapter 2 we find another amazing fact.

Geography

The Bible’s story line is interwoven through actual historical events and geographical locations that can be verified. The Bible does not start out, “Once upon a time.” The origin of man begins on a piece of real estate called the Garden of Eden. Its exact location is revealed in Genesis chapter 2 where we read,

Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.

In Genesis 2:11-14, the Word of God identifies the names and the location of these rivers!

The name of the first is Pishon … the name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Here we are approximately 6,000 years later and not only do two of those rivers still exist, they’re still called by the same name! The Tigris and the Euphrates rivers meet in a place called “Al Qurnah”, which is located in southeastern Iraq.

The Bible’s historical and geographical accuracy have been verified not only by secular historians, but by more than 100 years of painstaking research by archeologists. Most of the great Bible stories (names, dates, times, places and events) have been discovered by this scientific method and proven to be accurate time and again.

Then in chapter 6 we find another truth that transcends human the human mind.

Ship Building

In Genesis chapter 6 we have the record of God telling Noah to build the ark. As for the pseudo scientists who mock those who take this story literally, there are a couple of “minor details” they’ll need to explain before we decide who has the last laugh (there is nothing funny about a lost person, it’s only a phrase to make a point).

The author of the book of Genesis gave Noah the exact specifications necessary to build the ark, and to build it right. Here is the blueprint for Noah’s Ark recorded in Genesis 6:14-16,

Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.

A cubit is the length of a man’s arm from his elbow to the tip of his middle finger (about a foot and a half). Based on the Biblical account, we know (within a matter of inches) how long, how wide and how high Noah’s ark was! That means we can test it. Interestingly, it was not until the 20th century that scientists built a scaled down model of Noah’s Ark using the exact ratios of height, width, and length found in the Genesis account. They wanted to test the sea worthiness of its design. Estimating the weight for the proper ballast, they put their experiment to the test in a large tank filled with water. Then they produced waves, gradually increasing their intensity.

What they discovered was astounding. It wouldn’t sink! They concluded that a ship built to those specifications would have been one of the most sea worthy vessels ever constructed. What are the odds of Noah guessing how to build a ship of this magnitude and getting it right? About the same odds you would have of being struck by lightning twice in the same spot. How did Noah know this? He didn’t. That’s the point. There is only one person in the universe who knew how to build a ship that size almost 6,000 years ago. It was God.

Here is another inexplicable fact (humanly speaking) about Noah’s flood. Scientists have discovered marine fossils on mountain peaks all over the world, including Mt. Everest, the highest point on earth. How did the fossils of sea creatures ascend 29,000 feet above sea level? Do our atheistic “scientists” have an explanation for this? Were they flying fish? Or, maybe they came from another planet! The Bible provides the answer in Genesis 7:17-20,

Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

Ancient History

Herodotus, the Greek historian, is known as the “father of history” and was a contemporary of Malachi, the writer of the last Old Testament book. But the Bible records events going as far back as Abraham (2,000 years before Christ), and beyond that all the way back to the creation of the world! There is no other book that can make such a claim.

Reading the Bible, we learn of the Mesopotamian world through the lives of the patriarchs. We see God’s plan of redemption played out in the epic drama of God’s people being delivered from slavery in Egypt. What follows is the fascinating account of the children of God marching through the Red Sea, the revelation of God giving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai and the beginning of the nation of Israel.

Through the life of Joseph we learn much about the incredible history of the Egyptian Dynasty. Through the Prophet Daniel we learn much about the history of the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was born during the reign of King Josiah of Judah, who was followed by his son Jehoiakim, who was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel’s prophecies concerning the future kingdoms (Babylon, Persia, Greece, and the Roman Empire) were so precise, secular historians and skeptics insist they had to be written after the fact.

We learn the rich history of Israel’s rise to power under Kings Saul, David and Solomon. We also learn of Israel’s downfall because of her sin. The Bible does not cover up the dark side of its greatest characters. The Word of God tells it like it is. Three of its greatest heroes, Moses, King David and the Apostle Paul (the three men who are responsible for writing most of the the Bible) were murderers!

Through the eyes of Queen Esther we learn of the Persian Empire under King Ahasuerus and how God used Esther to save her people from annihilation.

It is no coincidence that Jesus does not appear until the Roman Empire came to power. The phrase, “All roads lead to Rome” was coined because Rome built roads that made travel much easier. Thus, another phrase was coined. With travel being vastly improved, so were communications. As a result, the Disciples of Christ were credited with “turning the world upside down” with the Gospel!

The New Testament begins in Bethlehem of Judea, in the time of King Herod. Hundreds of names, dates, times, places and events are recorded, leaving an obvious trail for us to follow.

Why did God choose to write the Bible this way? God has revealed Himself and His plan of redemption through history (the past) and through prophecy (the future) so that the nations may know that He is the Lord. In Isaiah 46:9-10 God says,

Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; {I am} God, and there is no one like me, Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.”

Astronomy

The ancient Egyptians believed that the earth was suspended on five pillars.

The Greeks believed Atlas held the earth on his shoulders.

The Hindus taught that the earth was held up by an elephant, the elephant was on a tortoise, the tortoise was on a serpent, and the serpent was swimming in a cosmic sea. And, it was just a few hundred years ago that most people thought the earth was flat! In fact, The Flat Earth Societystill does!

The Koran has an interesting statement on astronomy in Sura 18:86.

Yet in chapter 26 of Job, the Bible says, “God hangs the earth upon nothing.” And in 750 B.C., the 40th chapter of Isaiah told us that “God sits upon the circle of the earth.” But, man didn’t know that until Columbus sailed around the world without falling off!

Before Galileo came along, star gazers believed there were about 2,500 stars. And, just about 2,500 years before Galileo, the prophet Jeremiah said, “The host of heaven cannot be numbered” (Jeremiah 33:22). How could Jeremiah possibly have known that? He didn’t. God did.

Something Old, Something New Something Bold, Something True

To make even more certain that no one could ever claim the Bible was a man-made conspiracy, it’s divided in two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament (This is fascinating). Without the New Testament, the Old Testament would be incomplete, and without the Old Testament, the New Testament would be utterly incomprehensible! Each is a guide to properly understanding the other. The Old Testament is the foundation upon which the New Testament is built. And the New Testament constantly refers back to the Old Testament to establish its credibility. This division is intended to reveal its super-natural origin through prophecy.

Just to make doubly sure, there are 400 years of silence between the Old Testament and the New Testament! Through fulfilled prophecy, both testaments point back and forth to the other as positive proof of their divine authenticity and perfect unity. The very first verse in the New Testament forces you to this inescapable conclusion. Matthew 1:1 shows us two things. First, that God always keeps His promises, and secondly, that the Bible is one book!

This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.

This verse says in effect, “If you are starting here, you have to go back to Genesis, man!” Who would pick up any other book and start reading right in the middle? Yet, people do that with the Bible, and wonder why they have trouble understanding it. “Starting in Matthew is like walking into a movie half-way through. It’s like thinking you are telling a good joke when all you can remember is the punch line.”3

Without knowing the covenant promises that God made with Abraham and David, Matthew 1:1 would be utterly boring. Yet to those who understand it in context, this verse explodes with excitement! Matthew announces to the world that the promise of a Savior going all the way back to the Cradle of Civilization (Genesis 3:15) begins now! This same principle holds true for more than 1,200 verses in the New Testament.

A Proper Worldview

Furthermore, the Old Testament contains truths that are essential for a proper worldview that are found in no other source. For example, only in the book of Genesis do we discover the origin of the universe, of man and his fall into sin, the doctrine of marriage and the family, the establishment of the nations, languages, and the prophetic significance of the Middle-East. Only in the Old Testament are we told of the rebellion in Heaven that turned Lucifer into Satan, and thus the origin of evil, and the promise of a Redeemer.

The Old Testament worldview is clearly distinct from other worldviews, such as polytheism, pantheism, gnosticism, deism, atheism, and naturalism. The New Testament does not provide another worldview but simply assumes the one taught in the Old Testament.

The Bible Compared to the Koran

The main theme of the Bible is God’s redeeming love through Jesus Christ. By contrast, the main theme (by actual word-count) of the Koran is the contrast of believers vs. non-believers and former believers.

Almost every page either extols the virtue of being a Muslim or condemns non-believers as infidels, destined for eternal punishment.

If you were to remove every verse exhorting believers and every verse that threatens unbelievers, there would be little left in the Koran.

My point is not to embarrass another man’s religion but to put the Bible in context. The Bible is the complete and comprehensive book on life. While the main theme is God’s redeeming love through Jesus Christ, among its more than 31,000 verses you can find the answer to virtually every question you could ever ask about life.

According to the Naves Topical Bible, there are more than 20,000 sub topics addressed in the Bible.

In other words, you can discover what God says about each of those topics. The point is, God wrote a book to teach man how to live successfully, and how to have eternal life in heaven. The Bible is the owners’ manual on life. Isn’t that what you would expect from a book if God wrote it?

Some of the thousands of topics covered in the Bible include:

  • Is there a God?

  • Who am I, why am I here, where did I come from, where am I going?

  • The greatest moral code known to man—the Ten Commandments

  • How was the universe created?

  • How to find God

  • How to love and be loved

  • God’s law

  • God’s grace

  • Why all men die

  • Is there life after death?

  • Do heaven and hell really exists, how does one get there?

  • If God is good why is there evil?

  • What is sin?

  • How to be forgiven

  • How to forgive

  • How to be a good husband

  • How to be a good wife

  • How to have a healthy marriage

  • How to train (and not train) children

  • How to handle money

  • How to invest money

  • How to have lasting and fulfilling relationships

  • How to choose your friends

  • How to control your emotions and your thought life

  • The value of humility

  • God’s view on marriage and divorce

  • What our responsibility is to our fellow-man

  • What God’s will is

 There are verses that tell you what to do when you experience:

  • Fear

  • Anxiety

  • loneliness

  • When you are bereaved

  • Feel defeated

  • Depressed

  • Discouraged

  • Doubting

  • Facing a crisis

  • When friends fail you

  • When you are in need of protection

  • Needing guidance

  • How to have perfect peace

  • What constitutes love

  • How to get joy

  • How to develop an eternal perspective

  • How to overcome temptation

  • How to kick the sin habit, etc.

The Bible teaches about adultery, homosexuality, how to overcome anger, lust, greed, pride, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, resentment, forgiveness, how to pray, how not to pray, what constitutes holiness, happiness, humility, honor etc.

How Miraculous is Bible Prophecy?

Imagine that I predicted 1,000 years in advance the exact city in which the President of the United States would be born, his exact birth date, his nationality, what family he would come from, what kind of car he would drive, where he would go to school, what his name would be, what his father’s and mother’s names would be, how old he would be when he died, when and how he would die, plus dozens of his most significant accomplishments—all in specific detail—and I was 100 per cent accurate on every count. Would that be a miracle? That is exactly what the Bible did in reference to Jesus. According to J. Barton Payne’s book, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, there are 8,352 predictive verses in the Bible.

the book of life

Among its more than 31,000 verses you can find the answer to just about every question you ever wanted to know about life. Some of the topics covered include but are not limited to: Who am I, why am I here, where did I come from, where am I going, how can I know God, is there life after death, what about heaven and hell, if God is good why is there evil, what is sin, how can I be forgiven, how do I learn to forgive, how to be a good husband, a good wife, how to have a healthy marriage, how to train children, how to handle money, how to invest money, how to have lasting relationships and on it goes.

There are verses that tell you what to do when you are afraid, anxious, bereaved, defeated, depressed, discouraged, doubting, facing a crisis, when friends fail you, when you are in need of protection, needing guidance, how to have perfect peace, what constitutes love, joy, how to develop an eternal perspective, and what to do when tempted. The Bible teaches about adultery, how to overcome anger, lust, greed, pride, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, resentment, forgiveness, how to pray, how not to pray, what constitutes holiness, happiness, humility etc.

According to the Naves Topical Bible, there are more than 20,000 sub topics addressed in the Bible. In other words, you can discover what God says about each of those topics. The point is, God wrote a book to teach man how to live successfully, and how to have eternal life in heaven. The Bible is the owner’s manual on life. Isn’t that what you would expect from a book if God wrote one?

Speaking the truth in love, by actual word count, the number one theme in the Koran is the blessing of being a Muslim the the curse (the pain and suffering in this life and the next) of non Muslims and former Muslims. This theme dominates almost every page.

Chapter Two

The Greatest Demonstration of Love the World Has Ever Seen

Another outstanding basis for proof that the Bible is divinely inspired is it’s emphasis on love. The main theme of the book is God’s redeeming love for mankind. Why is love important? The Bible says, “God is love”, so love is an attribute of God’s divine nature. Since man is made in the image of God, it is not surprising that man’s greatest need is to love and be loved.

The greatest commandment in the Bible is to love God with all you heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself. God is most interested in relationships. If everyone obeyed just those two commandments we would live in a perfect world. But the Bible does much more than tell us to love.

The concept of love is defined, explained, illustrated, exemplified, hundreds of times and in various ways in the Bible. The word itself is used more than 300 times. The fact is, you cannot find a more comprehensive teaching on love in any other philosophy or system of thought. Not even close. Love is more than an emotion, it’s spiritual, it’s proactive and it’s powerful enough to soften the hardest heart when nothing else will. Love is also one of the greatest pleasures in life.

In the English language we have only one word for love. You can say, “I love spaghetti, I love my dog, and I love my wife.” Do you love your wife in the same way you love your dog? In the language of the New Testament, there are four words to express the many colors of love,

Storge means: Affection. It is the word used to describe love for your father, or mother.

Philos means: Friendship and fondness.

Eros means: The intimate love between a husband and wife.

Agape means: unconditional, self-sacrificial love.

Agape love means ─ I love you even if you don’t love me back. That is what makes you valuable in God’s sight. It’s not because you are so good, or so spiritual. Your value is in the fact that He loves you in spite of all your shortcomings.

Love My Enemy?

When Jesus began His teaching ministry 2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire ruled the world with an iron fist. They won all their arguments by killing their enemies. The teaching of Jesus could not have been more antithetical to the world’s idea of justice. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus said,

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good, and sends rain on {the} righteous and {the} unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?

In other words, if you only love those who love you, how are you any different from the rest of the world? To put this in modern terminology, even the Mafia supposedly love their own family members, but they kill their enemies. If you only love those who love you, Jesus is asking how are you any different from the Mafia?

Sacrificial Love

No one has ever taken love to the level Jesus did. It was Christ who said, “Love your enemies.” But He didn’t just say, “Love your enemies.” It was agape love that Christ demonstrated on the cross. While He hung there in unspeakable agony, His accusers laughed, mocked, ridiculed, and spat at Him. The soldiers were throwing dice at the foot of the cross to see who would keep His robe. It was in this context that He prayed:

Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

No mere man could have expressed concern for the eternal destiny of others under those circumstances. This love was so profound, so completely antithetical to human nature, the thief on his right recognized Jesus was divine and said,

Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Jesus replied,

This day you shall be with Me in Paradise.

No one could make up such stories and expect anyone to believe it. Where else will you find a more authoritative teaching on what love is? The dictionary, the Encyclopedia Britannica or National Geographic? The Bible contains the most comprehensive teaching on love there is.

In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus was asked this question,

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.

The first time love is mentioned in both the Old and New Testament, its not the love between a man and his wife, a man for his family, nor for his country. In both cases, it’s the love of a father for his son.

Gods Love is not Abstract-It Is Principled

Because I love my wife and children there are certain things I do and certain things I will not do. That is principled love. True love has boundaries clearly defined in scripture. Romans 13:8-10 tells us to,

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of {the} law.

How interesting that the words law and love are spoken in the same breadth. Inextricably woven together we discover God’s law of love! We are indebted by divine decree to love our neighbor. Law and love do not contradict each other, they define each other. This verse reveals that love is not just an emotion. God defines love as something that is proactive. It’s not just what you don’t do, it’s what you do and why you do it that counts.

In the verse above Jesus is connecting love to the Ten Commandments. If I love my neighbor, I will not murder him, I will not lust after his wife, I will not steal from him, I will not lie to him, and I will not jealously desire what belongs to him.

Remember, when God says “no” to one thing, He is saying “yes” to something better. When God says, “Do not murder,” He is saying, “Forgive your brother.” When God says, “Do not commit adultery,” He is saying, “Be faithful to your wife.” When God says, “Do not steal,” He is saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” When God says, “Do not lie,” He is saying, “Tell the truth. It’s truth that sets you free” When God says, “Do not covet,” He is saying, “Learn to be content.” What would our world look like today if everyone adopted this spiritual attitude of love for God and for our neighbor?

The Ten Commandments are divided into two “tables.” The first 4 teach me how to love God and the next 6 teach me how to love my neighbor. God is to be loved supremely over all created things. To love people the same way we love God would be idolatry. People are to be loved, but God is to be worshiped!

Who Is My Neighbor?

In Luke 10:29-37 Jesus is asked, “Who is my neighbor?” His answer was not what the man wanted to hear. In fact, it was shocking. Read the story and I’ll explain why,

But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied and said, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on {them;} and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers {hands?}” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

This was shocking because of all the people Jesus could have used for His illustration the Samaritan’s were considered infidels by most of the people to whom He was speaking! In using the Samaritan, Jesus was addressing the age old problem of pride and prejudice. It was God who created the races and languages at the Tower of Babel back in Genesis chapter 11. And because our father loves His children, He wants His children to love each other. The story ends with the admonition to, “Go and do the same.”

According to Jesus being religious is not synonymous with true spirituality

How interesting too that Jesus names a priest and a levite in this story. They were the religious leaders of the day, yet they both walked right past an injured man and left him for dead. Jesus is teaching that true spiritually manifests itself not in religion, but in love.

John 4:19-21 in the New Testament:

We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

The Bible clearly states that religion without love is worthless. What God desires is for His people to be just, to love mercy, and to walk in humility before Him. This is from Micah 6:8. Again, it’s about relationships not religion.

Love can change the hardest hearts when nothing else can. Chapter 13 of First Corinthians contains what many believe to be the Bible’s most noble and magnificent chapter on love. A diamond among the jewels, it’s known as “the love chapter.” In 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, Paul puts love in perspective:

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

God says that love is greater than the greatest orator who lacks love. Love is divine; words and rhetoric alone mean nothing by comparison. Paul goes on to say, if you are a prophet without peer, if you can explain the secrets and the mysteries of the universe so even a child can understand, if your motive is not love, then your insights mean nothing before God. The most generous philanthropist and even martyrdom mean nothing if the driving force behind it is not love. In 1 Samuel 16:7 the Bible says, “Only man looks on the outer appearance, God looks on your heart!” God not only knows what we do, more importantly, He knows why we do it!

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, God’s Word moves from the motive of love to the reality of how love is expressed,

Love is patient, love is kind, {and} is not jealous; love does not brag {and} is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong {suffered,}does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never falls.

Love is the greatest virtue, and one of the most life-changing forces on earth. Love is greater than academic achievement, economic influence, political power or religion. Pride is self-centered, and therefore, opposed to love. The Bible says in no uncertain terms that love (not war) is the distinguishing mark of the man of God. If you need more love, become more loving.

Man will never solve his own problems because man is the problem. Man (without God) is inherently selfish. Real love goes against our natural inclination to be self-centered and stingy. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The greatest commandment in the Bible is to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). God is love (1 John 4:8). For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). To love God you must love your brother (1 John 4:20). If you mistreat your wife your prayers are hindered (1 Peter 3:7). Love is defined (1 Corinthians 13: 1-8). We are obligated to love (Romans 13:1-8). Sacrificial love is the key to a happy marriage (Ephesians 5:25). There is no greater love than to sacrifice your life to save a friend (John 15:13). Love is the distinguishing mark of the man of God (John 13:35). True love is unconditional (Luke 6:32). Love includes your enemies (Luke 6:27). Love is the greatest spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 13:13). Obedience to God is based on love (John 14:15). God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). There are hundreds more.

A challenging illustration

A lady was driving to church on a cold, winter, Sunday morning. On her way she stopped for a red light. Just after the light turned green, her car stalled in the middle of the intersection. As she tried to restart the car, the man behind her laid on his horn. As she attempted to start the car again, she noticed in her rear view mirror the man behind her getting out of his car. He walked right up to her window, bent down and started yelling at her to move her car. He was late for a very important appointment! With her hands shaking, she tried it again, and much to her relief, the car started. Arriving at church she was still visibly shaken by the man’s anger. After the musical portion of the service was over, it was announced, “We have a guest speaker today!” After giving him a grand introduction about how qualified he was and what a wonderful man of God he was, as he was walking up to the pulpit, you guessed it, it was him! This lady was aghast! She stood to her feet, turned around, and walked out. She had no interest in hearing a word this man had to say, and rightly so.

And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).

Chapter Three

The Amazing Truth

about

The Trinity

Admittedly, the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. Neither is the word “monotheism”, but both concepts are clearly found in scripture. How is that not a contradiction? Allow me to illustrate.

When Einstein published his Theory of Relativity in 1910 the implications were enormous. Einstein’s theory provided a basis for proof mathematically (math is a perfect science) that time, space, and matter were not only interrelated and interdependent, but had a beginning and all had to begin at the same time! The formula is,

Energy equals mass, times the speed of light, squared.

Simply stated, life as we know it consists of three things, time, space, and matter which is energy. What an incredible “coincidence” that the Bible begins with these words,

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning, that’s time. God created, that’s energy. The heavens, that’s space. And the earth, that’s matter! Time, space, and matter. A trinity of trinities.

Time is a trinity: The past, the present, and the future. The past is not the present. The present is not the future, and the future is not the past. One is not the other. All are part of the same. None can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct!

Space is a trinity: We live in a three dimensional world: Height, width, and depth. Height is not width, width is not depth, and depth is not height. One is not the other. All are part of the same. None can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct!

Matter is a trinity: All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms consist of three basic components: Protons, neutrons, and electrons. A proton is not a neutron. A neutron is not an electron, and an electron is not a proton. One is not the other. All are part of the same. None can exist without the other ( if you want a complete atom), and yet each one is distinct!

Man is a trinity: The Bible says man is made in the image of God. In I Thessalonians 5:23, the Bible states:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

According to this verse, you have a triune nature: A body, soul, and spirit. In the original language of the New Testament, three different words are used in this passage: Spirit is pneuma, mind is psuche, and body is soma. Your spirit is not your soul, your soul is not your body, and your body is not your spirit. One is not the other. All are part of the same. None can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct!

Your mind is a trinity: The most complex thing known to science is the human brain. Your mind is a trinity: The mind (intellect), the will, and the emotions. Your mind is not the same as your will, the will is not the same as your emotions, and your emotions are not the same as your intellect. One is not the other. All are part of the same. None can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct!

Earth, wind, fire, water and light are all trinities.

  • Earth. The Earth which is the third planet from the sun consists of three parts, the crust, the mantle and the core.

  • Wind. You can live for thirty days without food, you can go three days without water, but you can’t go three minutes without air! Our atmosphere (the air you breath) is 78.1 % nitrogen, 20.9% oxygen, 1% water vapor.

  • Fire. Light a bond fire in your back yard. The bottom is blue, the middle is orange and the top is white representing three temperatures in one fire.

  • Water. No life is possible on planet Earth without water. One molecule of water consists of three atoms, two hydrogen and one oxygen. Hydrogen by itself is flammable. Oxygen by itself is flammable. But, if you put them together in a 2 to 1 ratio you have a third substance which you can use to extinguish a fire! Can you rationally understand that?

  • Light. When Einstein discovered Relativity he was trying to answer the question, “What is light?” Light has three distinct qualities. There is invisible light, visible light, and the heat associated with light. What an incredible truth that all three of these characteristics parallel what the Bible says about the nature of God. 1 John 1:5 says,

God is Light

Invisible light. Invisible light comes to us in the form of micro waves, X rays, gamma rays, radio waves, etc.

1 Timothy 1:17 says:

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, {be} honor and glory forever and ever.

1 Timothy says, God is invisible. We find the same idea in John 4:24, where we read,

God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

Now we come to visible light, such as the light from the sun or a light bulb.

Visible light. Colossians 1:13-17 says that Jesus is the invisible God made visible!

He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And He is the physical manifestation of the invisible God.

Did you catch that? Jesus is the physical manifestation of the invisible God! Here is the same idea from John 1:1; 1:14 and 1 John 1:1,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:14: And the word became flesh, and we beheld His glory!

I John 1:1: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life.

The heat associated with light,

Matthew 3:11: As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 2:2-4: And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

Time, space, matter, the human body, the human mind, earth, wind, fire, water (and many more) are all perfect trinities. As you can see, I have demonstrated that the idea of three distinct elements making up the one complete whole (A trinity) is not unprecedented, illogical, irrational, inconceivable, unfathomable, or contradictory! Have you ever had eggs for breakfast? It consists of the shell, the white, and the yoke. Were you eating three eggs?

Do you understand atomic theory? I do not. But that does not prevent me from enjoying the benefits of an atomic power plant producing electricity, does it? As you can see, whether or not you completely understand something does not preclude you from believing it. I think it safe to sat there are not many thing we completely understand. There is not a scientists in the world who can explain how a brown cow can eat green grass and turn it into white milk!

There are an estimated 100 billion stars in our galaxy, a hundred billion galaxies in the known universe, and God created all of them. He holds them all in place, and calls them all by name! For a mortal man, who has never seen God, to insist that God cannot be in Heaven, and at the same time come to earth as a man, and simultaneously fill the earth with His Spirit, is more of a mystery to me than the Trinity. I’ll ask you the same question God asked Job, in Job 38,

Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone?

This reminds me of the first Russian Cosmonaut. After the first successful, manned, space flight, the atheistic Russian government, anxious to prove to the world that God does not exist held a press conference. They said their man had been to the heavens, looked around, and did not see God. Well, he only went about 100 miles up. I suggest that if he had gone just one foot farther, he would have seen God. If he would have taken just one step out of his space capsule, and shut the door behind him, he would have seen God!

If Jesus really did claim to be God then he could not be a great prophet. he was either a liar, a

lunatic, or he was who he claimed to be!

Anyone can say he is a prophet, anyone can say, “I am God”, but proving it is much more difficult. There are seven “I am” sayings of Jesus in the New Testament. Each is a clear reference to Exodus 3:14 when God revealed His name to Moses: “I am, that I am, tell them I am.” So, when Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I Am,” the Pharisees knew exactly what He meant, and they wanted to stone Him for claiming to be God (John 8:58, 59; 10:30,31)!

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”. But, He did not just say, “I am the light of the world,” He said, “I am the light of the world” and He gave sight to a man born blind! He said, “I am the bread of life.” But He did not just say, “I am the bread of life,” He said, “I am the bread of life”, and He fed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish! He did not just say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He said, “I am the resurrection and the life” and He raised Lazarus (and many others) from the dead!

The one miracle Jesus performed more than any other was that of giving sight to the blind. In Exodus 4:11, God, speaking to Moses said,

And the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes {him} dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?”

The “I Am” sayings show that Jesus not only claimed to be God, but offered empirical proof of being the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Redeemer of mankind. He proved His verbal claims with literal miracles. Jesus said, “Peace be still” and the winds and the sea obeyed Him! He said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it.” He was speaking of the temple of His body! In Luke 5:20 He forgave a man his sins! There are dozens more of these examples. He accepted worship as God in John 20:28. In John 14:9 Jesus said to Philip, “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father.” In John 10:30 Jesus said, “I and the father are one.”

If God came to earth as a man, you would expect Him to say and do things that would clearly distinguish Him from all other men. Jesus did! Herein lies the problem. Virtually all religions agree that Jesus was a great moral teacher and a prophet. But Jesus said He was God!

C.S. Lewis makes a profound argument in Mere Christianity,

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Chapter Four

The Greatest Gift

How Can God Legally Forgive Sin Without Compromising His Justice?

The story in the book of Exodus is a huge object lesson called a type. For each type in the Bible there is an anti-type. A type is a real historical event that typifies a much larger spiritual truth. In this case, Egypt represented the world, Pharaoh represented Satan, slavery represented people bound by sin, Moses represented God and the sacrificial lamb was Jesus.

Pharaoh refused to let the people go so God brought ten mighty plagues against him. The last plague was the death of all the first-born in the land of Egypt. God’s people were instructed to kill a lamb, take some of the blood and put it over their door posts. The angel of death would see the blood and passover each home covered by it.

When Pharaoh’s own first-born son, the heir to the throne of the Egyptian dynasty died in the plague, Pharaoh repented. He acknowledged that the true and the living God was greater then the god’s of Egypt. God’s people were “saved” by the blood of the lamb and Passover has been celebrated ever since!

After being “saved” they marched through the Red Sea (typical of baptism), then they came to Mt. Sinai. God gave them the Ten Commandments. Now they were in a covenant relationship with their Creator. The moral law defined what sin is, and conversely what constitutes holiness. When God says, “Thou shalt not lie”, He is by implication saying, “Thou shall tell the truth”, etc.

Why Did They Scrifice Animals?

Knowing that man (created as a free moral agent) could never live up to His perfect standard, God made provision for sin even before he created the world. The reason for this makes perfect sense. God had to be able to legally forgive man of His sin, (since he is merciful) without compromising His perfect justice (since He is perfectly just).

Leviticus 17:11 says, “the life is in the blood and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.” When God instituted the sacrificial system, He provided Moses with very specific instructions on the proper procedures to make a perfect sacrifice. The animal had to be without spot and without blemish. No spot meant it had to be all one color without even a speckle of another. The blemish was any imperfection in its outer coat, the slightest scar, etc. The difference between a spot and a blemish is worth noting. The spot (if it had one) was inherited at birth. The blemish was acquired. The point is, we are sinners by nature and sinners by choice. Furthermore, the animal could not be blind or lame, it had to be, as far as the priest could determine, a perfect animal, symbolic of moral purity. Please note, the priest was not the one inspected, it was the sacrifice that represented sinless perfection. God can only accept a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was sinless.

This idea actually goes all the way back to the book of Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned, they realized they were naked and they tried to cover their shame with fig leaves. This represented “salvation by works.” That is the idea that man could atone (cover) for his own sin. God covered their shame (nakedness) by providing an animal skin. That means blood was shed and an animal was killed. This must have been very disturbing since Adam and Eve had never seen blood or death. The idea was to show how serious sin is. The penalty for sin is death. That is why all men die (no matter how they die) because all men have sinned.

We see the same thing presented in Genesis chapter 4. Cain brought an offering to God from his own garden. This represented the work of his own hands. Able brought an animal sacrifice. Cain’s offering was rejected and Abel’s was accepted.

The same picture hangs on the wall of Genesis chapter 22. God told Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mt. Moriah. That was a three day journey. Think about it. For all practical purposes, Isaac was dead in his father’s mind, then he received his son back again-after three days! When they arrived at Mt. Moriah Abraham tied his son down, and Isaac offered no resistance. Isaac asked his father, “Where is the burnt offering?” And Abraham assured his son that God Himself would provide the sacrifice. What do you think God is trying to tell us? You cannot approach a holy God without a blood sacrifice.

When the virgin Mary was impregnated, not by the seed of man but by the Holy Spirit, what was begotten nine months later was God in a human body. Because Jesus was not born of the seed of Adam, He had no inherited sin (spot). And, because He kept the Law perfectly, He had no acquired sin (blemish). That is why the Bible refers to Him as ‘The Lamb of God without spot or blemish” (1 Pet. 1:19).

The sacrificial system provided the world with 1,500 years of literal, historical, and theological context, so when Jesus came along and offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sin of the world, this would all make sense. When John the Baptist saw Jesus for the first time he cried out,

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

When Jesus died on the cross, because He had no sin of His own, His death satisfied the righteous penalty of the Law. God could legally declare sinners righteous by virtue of the fact that an innocent substitute was provided on their behalf.

Many well meaning Muslims have been taught that God would never allow such a great prophet to suffer and die like Jesus did. But Jesus said that was very reason He came to earth!

In Mark 10:45 Jesus said,

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

After His sacrificial death, Jesus rose from the grave taking authority over sin and death. This was God’s plan before the foundation of the world! Revelation 13:8.

The Greatest Moral Code Known To Man

The Ten Commandments

It is impossible to overstate the theological and the practical significance of the Ten Commandments. If we all obeyed the Ten Commandments we would live in a perfect world. To emphasize the importance of God’s holy law, the revelation at Mt. Sinai represents the one and only time (from Genesis to Revelation) that God descended to earth in His omnipotent state, and spoke audibly to 2-3 million people. To add more weight to the glory of His Law, Exodus 31:8 says they are etched in stone (speaking of their permanence) with His own finger (meaning personally), and (spiritually) on the heart of every man (Romans 2:15)! Every man (whether he will admit it or not) knows in his heart, it is wrong to murder, it is wrong to have another man’s wife, it is wrong to steal, it is wrong to lie, etc. That’s how know they’re divine.

God’s message on the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai was accompanied by an entourage of sight and sound that was so utterly dreadful, and so absolutely terrifying, when it was over, the people begged Moses never to let God speak to them directly again. They were convinced that one more manifestation of that kind of power would literally kill them (Exodus 20:19).

The Bible says there was thunder and lightning as a thick dark cloud descended upon the mountain. Inside the cloud was the consuming fire of God. Smoke was rising to heaven like a furnace as Mt. Sinai was literally being consumed. A trumpet blast grew louder and louder and the whole mountain began to quake violently as the Eternal Self-Existent One spoke audibly to His people. Moses was trembling with fear as God answered him with thunder.

This cosmic display of God’s glory was the most awesome demonstration of power anyone has ever seen before or since. It also raises a most important and fundamental question. Why would a loving God almost scare His own people to death? The answer is found at the end of the story in Exodus 20:20:

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”

God has not changed and neither has His definition of sin. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. He is so holy, so perfectly pure, 1 Timothy 6: 16 tells us that “He dwells in unapproachable light”. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

God hates sin, so much so, that only He can atone for it. To deny what He says about sin is to call Him a liar. The result of sin is death and only the death of a sinless substitute can balance the scales of justice and mercy. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and God also gave Moses the sacrificial system so this would make sense and it does! In Luke 16 Jesus said,

If they won’t believe Moses, neither would they believe though someone were to rise from the dead.

Romans 3:23 says, “All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Have you ever lusted after another mans wife? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? Then you have broken God’s law. Doing a good deed can never not change that fact or provide the justice a perfectly holy God requires. Romans 6:23 says: “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.”

Speaking the truth in love

Lets compare the ten commandments given to Moses to the commandments of Mohammed

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT IS:

YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME

Stated positively, that means you shall ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.’ That means from the day you were born until the day you die, you would never put anything before God.

So, what does it mean to love God? Jesus said, ‘If you love Me you will obey My commands.’ But, God is perfect! Followed to its logical conclusion, to obey that commandment, according to God’s standard, would require perfect obedience, which is another way of saying sinless perfection. No mere man has ever loved God like that!

If the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, then the greatest sin cannot be murder. The greatest sin must be to not love the God who created you more than the things He created!

The English word translated LORD is YHWH in Hebrew. In the original Hebrew it literally means, The Eternal, Self-existent One; the God who was, the God who is, and the God who always will be, without beginning and without end. In Exodus 3:15 God said of Himself, “This is My name forever, and this is My memorial name to all generations.”

Speaking the truth in love, it was more than 2,000 years after God personally revealed His name [YHWH] to Moses, that Mohammed is quoted in the Hadith as saying:

I have been commanded that I should fight these people till they bear witness that there is no god but Allah … when they do this, their blood and their property shall be safe with me except as Islam requires.

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT IS:

THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGES

You are not to make a god with your hands or with your mind. This commandments goes on to say that we are not to worship or even bow to any created thing. Any form of idolatry is spiritual adultery.

“I have people tell me that my god is a god of love; he would never send anyone to hell. I agree with them. Their god would never send anyone to hell, because their god doesn’t exist. He’s a god made in their own image. The Bible says that, ‘God is a consuming fire,” who has a passion for justice, holiness, righteousness and truth, who will by no means clear the guilty, but will hold every man accountable for every idle word that he speaks.’”1

The greatest act of worship in Islam is the required once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca. The high point is the ceremony at the religious shrine known as the Ka-aba. Muslims must run around the building counterclockwise seven times, and each time pause to kiss a black rock. They are told the rock (a created thing) fell from heaven.

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT IS:

YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN

When a man hits his thumb with a hammer, he usually takes the name God or the name Jesus and use it as a curse! The ancient’s were so fearful of breaking this command that he dared not even speak the most holy name of God, because the commandment goes on to say, ‘the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.’Commandment #3 the Bible:

Will Durant in his classic, The Story of Civilization writes “Within the Kaaba, in pre-Moslem days, were several idols representing gods. One was called Allah; three others were Allah’s daughters, Al-Uzza, Al-Lat, and Al-Manat. We may judge the antiquity of this Arab pantheon from the mention of At-il-Lat (At-Lat) by Herodotus [fifth century B.C. Greek historian] as a major Arabian deity. The Quraish (Mohammed’s tribe) paved the way for monotheism by worshiping Allah as chief god.” “Archaeological evidence uncovered in Arabia is overwhelming in demonstrating that the dominant pre-Islamic religion was the worship of the moon-god, Allah. Mohammed simply eliminated the other 359 deities.” (T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call)

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT IS:

REMEMBER THE SABBATH TO KEEP IT HOLY

The idea here is to take one day out of seven, and to set aside all your worldly amusements, and any effort to better your position in this world, and just rest. And in that rest, acknowledge the God who created you, the God who sustains you, and the God who purchased your salvation with “His own blood” (Acts 20:28).

Originally on Saturday, it was changed to Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Muslims worship on Friday.

THE FIFTHCOMMANDMENT IS:

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT WITH A PROMISE

THAT ALL MAY GO WELL WITH YOU

In the Old Testament, to rebel against your parents was punishable by death. When you dishonor your father and mother you dishonor God, because He commanded us to honor our parents, and all in authority.

While the main point of the fifth commandment is giving honor to whom honor is due, it is impossible to miss the fact that implied in this command is the idea that women are to be honored, and are of equal value to men in the sight of God!

In Ephesians 5:28-29 the Bible says,

So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself, for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.

In I Peter 3:7 it reads,

You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

In Sura 4:38, the Koran says,

Men are superior to women and gives men permission to “remove them (women) unto their beds, and beat them….”

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT IS:

THOU SHALT NOT MURDER

Jesus provides the spiritual application of the law when He says,

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not murder . . .’ but I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother (or calls him empty headed or a fool) will be in danger of judgment and the fires of hell (Matt. 5:21, 22).

When someone does something wrong to you, and you ‘decide’ not to forgive that person, you have already broken God’s law.

  • Jesus taught that we are to forgive even as we have been forgiven (Matt. 6:14,15).

  • Second, when you choose not to forgive someone, you are judging that person unworthy of forgiveness, which only God has the right to do. God says, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay’ (Rom.12:19).

  • Third, refusing to forgive someone makes you a hypocrite with an arrogance beyond belief, because the very things you refuse to forgive in others (sin), you are guilty of yourself! In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus reveals that murder is spiritual, and begins in the heart as unforgivness. If you have unforgivness in your heart towards anyone you are in bondage. When you forgive, you are free.

Speaking the truth in love, there are 123 verses in the Koran that call for fighting and killing anyone who does not believe, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.” Jews and Christians are specifically named and targeted as “infidels.” Sura 5:37 says, “they (the infidels) shall be slain or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off.” In 9:5 it says, “wage war against the infidels, as are your neighbors…” and in 47:3-9, a Muslim who cuts off the head of an “unbeliever” is promised paradise!

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENTS IS:

THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY

in Matthew 5:28 Jesus revealed the spiritual nature of this commandments when He said,

You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already, in his heart.

In Matthew 19:5 Jesus, quoting from Genesis 2:24 is teaching monogamy in marriage,

A man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

But the Koran says just the opposite in Sura 4:2,

“…of other women who seem good in your eyes, marry two, or three, or four; and if ye still fear that ye shall not act equitably, then one only; or the slaves you have acquired.”

The doctrine of monogamous marriage was the very first institution ordained by God in the book of Genesis. The marriage between a man and a women is a holy relationship and the marriage bed is to be undefiled.

Nature itself proves that the doctrine of polygamy cannot be divinely inspired, since the ratio of men to women has always been 50/50. If there were four (or more) women to every man in the world, this doctrine might not be so obviously false.

Speaking the truth in love, the Koran endorses polygamy as seen in 4:2. The man under Sharia law can divorce his wife by repeating the phrase “I divorce you,” three times. He is then free to marry again and again. Women however, are not allowed to do this.

Sura 24:33 says the owner of any female slave can sell her into prostitution anytime he wants to and Allah will forgive him!

Force not your female slave into sin. In order that you may enrich yourselves in this world, if they wish to preserve their modesty. Yet if any of you do compel them, afterward, God will forgive you.

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT IS:

THOU SHALT NOT STEAL

People are not thieves because they steal; they steal because they are thieves. Do you know how much you have to steal to be a thief? Anything! It’s not the value of the thing, it’s the principle of the thing. Jesus said, ‘Whatever you do to the least of these my brethren you do to Me’ (Matt. 25:40). The Bible says that thieves will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9,10).

In 24:29 the Koran says,

“There shall be no harm in your entering houses in which no one dwells, for the supply of your needs.”

In other words, as long as no one is home, go in and take whatever you need! How would you feel if that were your house?

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT IS :

THOU SHALT NOT LIE

How many lies do you have to tell to be a liar? The same number of times Adam and Eve had to eat the forbidden fruit to be found in rebellion against God and worthy of death – just once. God means what He says, and, He says what He means. Revelation 21:8 says, “All liars, their part {will be} in the lake of fire and brimstone which is the second death.”

Sura. 5:91 says,

God will not punish you for a mistake in your oaths, but he will punish you for an oath taken seriously.

The word “oath” means a solemn appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. Approximately 600 years earlier, in Matthew 5, Jesus said, “But I say to you, make no oath at all,… let your yes be yes and your no be no; anything beyond this is of evil.”

Speaking the truth in love, the doctrine known as Taqiyya (pronounced tark-e-ya) calls for the use of deception to expedite the advance of Islam. It is synonymous with Kitman, which means: “To conceal malevolent intentions.” Taqiyya and kitman are also known as ‘holy hypocrisy’. The harshest words of Jesus were reserved for the religious hypocrites of His day known as the pharisees. They are recorded in Matthew 23.

THE TENTH COMMANDMENT IS:

THOU SHALT NOT COVET

Stated positively, it means: ‘Be content with what you have’ (Heb. 13:5b). That is, be content with what you can make with your own hands and your own mind. You are not supposed to desire what already belongs to your neighbor; including his house, his car, his wife, his title, his position, or his bank account.”

To covet is to enviously desire something that belongs to someone else. That is what wars are made from. Covetousness is idolatry according to Colossians 3:15. Inside of covetousness is lust, greed, and pride. All of us have committed this sin at one time or another.

How Does Moral Purity Set Christianity Apart from Other Religions?

Here is just one spectacular example from the Ten Commandments

The very first institution ordained by God in the Bible was marriage. And, that is defined by our Creator as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman. In Genesis 2:24 God said,

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Then, in Genesis 39:9 (500 years before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments), we find Joseph resisting the advances of his boss’s wife by saying,

There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

How could Joseph have such a deep conviction about sexual immorality 500 years before Mt. Sinai? Romans 2:15 provides the answer, “The law is written on every man’s heart.”

Then in Exodus 20:14, the seventh of the Ten Commandments is,

You shall not commit adultery.”

When God gave Moses the 10 commandments (1,500 B.C.) pagan religions celebrated sexual immorality as a form of worship to their gods. The Canaanites and the Babylonians worshiped Baal, which included temple prostitution. The Greeks and Romans also had their own forms of “sanctified prostitution.”

The doctrine of marital fidelity is a foreign concept to all man-made religions. The Judeo-Christian worldview alone teaches that human sexuality is sacred. It is sacred (holy) because it began in the mind of God.

Islam teaches that a man can have 4 wives and numerous concubines. Mohammed, the founder of Islam had 11 wives. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism had 33 wives.

Nature” itself teaches that the doctrine of polygamy cannot be divinely inspired since the ratio of men to women in the world is 1 to 1. If there were 10 women to every man in the world this doctrine might not be so obviously false.

Hinduism. In India, the devadasi (day-vah-dah-see) system is the Hindu practice of temple prostitution. The practice of “dedicating” girls to Hindu gods has existed for more than 5,000 years.  Children taken from a lower social status (called a “lower caste”) are forced (by social and economic pressure) to begin a life of prostitution at age 11 or 12.

Women are told that this “service to the Gods” is a “holy duty” they must fulfill. Ironically, high caste Hindu priests will never eat from or even touch the cup or bowl of a lower caste Hindu, but they will have sexual intercourse with them!

Buddhism has no explicit sexual code. Having no code, by default, is a code. Many Buddhist monks have expressed the opinion that engaging in prostitution purely for helping others can be a source of karmic merit.  One of the “helps” they provide is by making offerings and gifts to Buddhist temples. That is one reason the Buddhist hierarchy is silent on prostitution, and one reason many temples are so lavish.

Deuteronomy 23:17-18 says, “There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.”

Matt 5:27-29 says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery. ‘But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

As you can see, this teaching clearly transcends all man-made religions.  Faithfulness to one’s marital partner in thought, word, and deed is exclusive to the Judeo-Christian worldview! 

In all man-made religions women are considered to be of lesser value than men, and are treated as commodities. Only the Judeo-Christian worldview teaches that men and women are created in the image of God and are of equal value.

God’s moral law as contained in the 10 Commandments, clearly separates Christianity from man-made religions because it represents a moral code that transcends anything known to man.

So much for the lie that all religions are basically the same.

 

Speaking the truth in love, why would God give Moses these divine commandments, write them on every man’s heart, and then say just the opposite through someone else?

 

THE GOOD NEWS

When the virgin Mary was impregnated, not by the seed of man but by the Holy Spirit, what was begotten nine months later was God in a human body. Because Jesus was not born of the seed of Adam, He had no inherited sin (spot). And, because He kept the Law I just described, He had no acquired sin (blemish). That is why the Bible refers to Him as ‘The Lamb of God without spot or blemish” (1 Pet. 1:19).

When Jesus died on the cross, because He had no sin of His own, His death satisfied the righteous penalty of the Law. God can legally declare sinners not only not guilty, but righteous, by virtue of the fact that an innocent substitute was provided all who would truly believe. Romans 10:9 says,

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

HOW DOES CHRIST’S DEATH

APPLY TO YOU?

While living in the Chicago area, I became engaged to the young lady who is now my wife, Susan. While it was the Lord’s idea in the first place, I still wanted the blessing of my future in-laws who lived in Nevada. My fiancé flew out a few weeks before I did. When I arrived, they were expecting me. I knocked on the door, and without hesitation they invited me in. Later that night we had a wonderful dinner together. A few hours later, I was escorted to my own private bedroom, and was told to, ‘Make myself at home.’ The next day, my future in-laws said, ‘You’re going to need to get around, so here’s the keys to the car!’

Can you imagine what might have happened if I had knocked on the wrong door, a perfect stranger, and asked for food, a place to stay for the night, the keys to their car, and their daughter’s hand in marriage? The sandwich may have been achievable, but the rest would have been out of the question! However, I was accepted and treated like their own son, because, first of all, I knocked on the right door. In John chapter 10, Jesus said, “I am the door.” I came in the right name (in this case it was Susan). Acts chapter 20 says, “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” The whole context of that chapter is Jesus! I came to the right door, I came in the right name, and I came with the right motive which was love! In 1 John, the Bible says, “We love Him because He first loved us”. That is precisely how it works with God. I was accepted by the parents because I have a personal love relationship with the daughter. And now, everything that belongs to her belongs to me as well.

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our intro duction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God (Romans. 5:1-2).

In the same way, when you come to God the Father in the name of His Son, Jesus, you are ‘accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). We are called ‘children of God’ now (Phil. 2:15, 1 Jn. 3:1, 2, 10; 5:2), and are one of the family! We become ‘co-heirs with Christ’ (Rom. 8:16)!

Chapter five

The Greatest Relationship

The Fatherhood of God

The first time God formerly introduced Himself to the world is recorded in Exodus chapter 20. Here God spoke audibly on Mt. Sinai, and gave us the Ten Commandments. In the preamble to the Ten Commandments God said,

I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

The word translated LORD is not a title but a name. In the original language it is four consonants (YHWH) pronounced Yood hay vav hay. It literally means, The Eternal, Self-Existent One. It was YHWH that brought 2-3 million people out of Egypt after 400 years of being enslaved. Only Moses knew who set God’s people free. In the first of the Ten Commandments, God formerly introduces Himself and in so doing, invites the people into a personal relationship with their creator. He said, “I am the LORD your God.”

According to the Bible, you can know God. You can have a close, personal, exciting, growing relationship with Him! Consider this invitation from Deuteronomy 4:29,

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find {Him} if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

In essence God is saying, “I am not an impersonal force, I am not an obscure power, I am a person, and you can know Me. I will reveal Myself to you, if you will seek Me with all your heart!” Here is the same idea in Proverbs 2:1-5,

My son, if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, and discover the knowledge of God.

Here God is saying, if you will search for Him with the same intensity you would search for a hidden treasure, you will find Him! Here’s another great verse from 2 Chronicles 16:9,

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

God wants your heart. Matthew 5 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus teaches His disciples to pray in this manner,

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Here we given permission to call God “Our Father!” This speaks of the loving relationship that exists between a father and a son or daughter. You will not find this in any other religion, philosophy or system of thought.

Here is another invitation, this time from Luke 11:9-10,

And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.

The grammar in the original language is a continual action. You keep on asking, you keep on seeking, you keep on knocking. It’s not that God is playing hide-and-go-seek. He doesn’t play games. The issue is sincerity. The word sincere carries the idea of purity. He will not show His glory to the curious, He shows His glory to the serious. And, once you have tasted and seen the goodness of God, you’ll never go back to the world!

In John 4:23-24 we read,

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

Here is yet another invitation from James 4:8,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

In other words, for every step you take towards Him, He will take one towards you. Keep going in that direction, and one day you will walk around a corner and BOOM! He fills your heart with the revelation of Himself and His love. It blows you away! You’ll never be the same. You draw near to God by prayer and studying His Word. You cry out to Him for the wisdom and the power to repent of all known sin. You humble yourself and follow Matthew 6:33,

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

In Revelation 3:20 God turns the table around completely, and now He is pursuing you!

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Jesus is saying, “If you will open the door of your heart and invite Me in, we will sit down and dine together!” Speaking spiritually, God wants to befriend you! Why else would He create you if not to love you and share His eternal life with you? How do you hear His voice? You read His Word – the Bible. Then you pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. When you cross the line of sincerity, He will reveal Himself to you. Yes, you can know God and have the absolute assurance that your sins are forgiven, and you have eternal life! It’s glorious. Romans 8:16 says,

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

And I John 5:13 also speaks of those who have the assurance of salvation,

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

 -7

1 And when He saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

2 And opening His mouth He {began} to teach them, saying,

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when {men} cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.

12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty {again} It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 1

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 “Nor do {men} light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.

18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.

19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches {them,} he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses {that} of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’

22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty {enough to go} into the fiery hell.

23 “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24 leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

25 “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26 “Truly I say to you, you shall not come out of there, until you have paid up the last cent.

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’;

28 but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

30 “And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell. 3

31 “And it was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’;

32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for {the} cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’

34 “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

36 “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

37 “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ {or} ‘No, no’; and anything beyond these is of evil.

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

39 “But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 “And if anyone wants to sue you, and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.

41 “And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two.

42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’

44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you

45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good, and sends rain on {the} righteous and {the} unrighteous.

46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?

47 “And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more {than others} Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

CHAPTER 6

1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

2 “When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

3 “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing

4 that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

5 “And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

8 “Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.

9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.

10 ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.

12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.]’

14 “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 “But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

16 “And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites {do,} for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

17 “But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face

18 so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 2

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, {as to} what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, {as to} what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?

26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and {yet} your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 “And which of you by being anxious can add a {single} cubit to his life’s span?

28 “And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29 yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these.

30 “But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is {alive} today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, {will He} not much more {do so for} you, O men of little faith?

31 “Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’

32 “For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. {Each} day has enough trouble of its own.

CHAPTER 7

1 “Do not judge lest you be judged.

2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

3 “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?

5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

7 “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

9 “Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone?

10 “Or if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.

14 “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn {bushes,} nor figs from thistles, are they?

17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.

25 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and {yet} it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.

26 “And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.

27 “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.”

28 The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching;

29 for He was teaching them as {one} having authority, and not as their scribes.

As the french skeptic Ernest Renan admitted,

“It would take a Jesus to forge a Jesus, and if it is true that what we have in the Bible is a giant forgery, then let us worship the individual who was so brilliant as to think up a picture of a person like Jesus of Nazareth and the story of the Word of God.”

A few buttons missing: the case book of a psychiatrist, by James T. Fisher,

“If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene, if you were to combine them and refine them and cleave out all the excess verbiage, if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and incomplete summary of the Sermon on the Mount. And it would suffer immeasurably by comparison.”

Footnotes:

1. Matthew 6:13. Strictly speaking sodium chloride is a stable compound, it has an indefinite shelf life. It does not loose its flavor. But Christs’ illustrations were perfect! The answer to this question is realized when we look at the Greek language in which this was originally written. The word translated “become tasteless” can also mean…cause something to loose the purpose for which it was designed! If you are a follower of Christ and are not sharing your faith regularly, you are not being used for what you were designed for, so spiritually speaking, you are good for nothing.

2. Matthew 6:22-23. Good eye bad eye was an idiom that meant generous or stingy.

3. Matthew 6:30. Jesus sis speaking figuratively. While it literally would be better to go to heaven with one hand (or eye) than hell with two, sin is a matter of the heart and Jesus had already said that in verse 28. He means cut off the sin at it’s source.

Chapter Seven

Great Prophecies

The prophets foretold His coming

The Old Testament prophesied the coming of a savior hundreds and even thousands of years before He came, in stunningly detailed predictions. Scholars tell us there are some 300 Messianic prophecies with reference to the first coming of Christ. This includes but is not limited to: His lineage, His birthplace, the time, His purpose, His sacrificial death for sin, how He would die, His resurrection and many more details. There is no other person in history who can make such a claim. Why such a grand entrance? So you can know you’ve got the right God!

Prophecy #1

1. The Savior would be born of a virgin!

After Adam and Eve fell into sin, God said a spiritual warfare would ensue between the forces of darkness and the Prince of Peace. Genesis 3:15 is the first mention of the Redeemer. The Bible says a male child will be born of “the seed of a woman.” In every other instance, when speaking of one’s offspring, the Bible uses the term the “seed of the man.” God is trying to tell us something very important. One man in history will be born by the seed of a woman. Whoever the Savior is, His birth will be unlike any other in history since women do not have “seed.”

In Isaiah 7:14 (written 700 years before the blessed event) under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, Isaiah wrote,

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

In this case, “Immanuel” was actually a title which meant, “God with us.” The same idea is found in Revelation 19:16,

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

King of Kings and Lord of Lords is more of a title than a name.

The New Testament Fulfillment

The record of Isaiah’s prophecy being fulfilled is recorded in the first chapter of Matthew. The Apostle is quoting from Isaiah,

Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

3. The place of His birth.

The prophet Micah, writing 500 years before the fact, prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah also speaks of the Messiahs pre-existence!

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {too} little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.

The New Testament Fulfillment

And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he {began} to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet. Matt 2:4-5

How significant is this prophecy? Imagine predicting what city a famous person would be born in 500 years in advance, and getting it right! God eliminated all the cities of the world, and prophecy demands He is to be born in Bethlehem.

3. His divine nature.

What else would you expect from a child born of a virgin? In Isaiah 9:6 we read,

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of {His} government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

In Colossians 1:15 the Bible says,

And He (Jesus) is the image (the physical manifestation) of the invisible God, the first- born (an idiom meaning pre-eminent) of all creation. For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Then in John 1:1 God’s Word says,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

And in verse 14 of the same chapter we find this,

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

4. His family lineage.

The Messiah would be Jewish, a direct descendent of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 12:1-3, 28:10-15), from the Tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10), from the family of King David (Isaiah 9:7), and be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)!

The New Testament Fulfillment

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Matthew 1:1

This verse also shows that the Messiah had to have already come. Any would-be Messiah had to be able to prove that he was a direct descendant of David. The birth records were kept in the Temple. The Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70. When He comes again, He won’t need a birth certificate.

5. His Sinless Life.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth (Isaiah 53:9).

He died between two thieves (gave with the wicked), He was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and had no deceit (sin). Is there anyone else in history who claimed to be without sin? Jesus did! This claim was also made about Him by His closest friends, relatives and by His most bitter enemies.

The New Testament Fulfillment

Peter said, “He committed no sin” (I Peter 2:22) and John said, “In Him is no sin” (I John 3:5). Judas said, “I have betrayed innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4). Pilate said, “I find in Him no fault at all” (John 18:38). The thief on the cross said, “This man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:41). Paul said, “He knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus said concerning Himself, “Which one of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46). Jesus also said, “The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him” (John 8:29). He was the Lamb of God without spot or blemish (1 Peter 1:19).

6. Miracles would vindicate His ministry.

Isaiah said,

…the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD (11:2). He would give sight to the blind and set the captives free (Isaiah 42:6-7).

The New Testament Fulfillment

Jesus Himself said this prophecy was fulfilled in Luke 4:18-21,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

7. They would pierce His hands and feet.

Psalm 22 was written 1,000 years before crucifixion was invented by the Romans. Verses 16-18 provide a vivid description of exactly what happened on that fateful day,

For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

The New Testament Fulfillment

The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and {also} the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. They said therefore to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, {to decide} whose it shall be’; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, ‘They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. John 19:23-24.

8. His suffering and death would be the payment for sin.

Isaiah 53 is the one of the most prominent Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. It speaks of the atoning death of Jesus in stunning detail.

He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. (Isaiah 53: 1-4).

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.

By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke {was due?} His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-9).

The New Testament Fulfillment

1. He would be rejected. See Matthew 21:42-46

2. A man of sorrow and grief. See John 11:35

3. He was despised and not esteemed. See Matthew 23:37

4. Wounded for our transgressions and iniquities. See Romans 5:8, Titus 2:13-14, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 5:2

5. The LORD has laid on Him the iniquities of us all. See 2 Corinthians 5:21

6. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. See Matthew 27:12-14

7. For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people. See Luke 23:46

8. They made His grave with the wicked but the rich at His death. See Luke 23:33 & Matthew 27:57-60

9. Because He had done no violence nor was any deceit in His mouth. See John 8:46

10. He will prolong {His} days. See John 2:19-22:

11.He himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors. See Luke 23:34

9. His resurrection.

Psalms 16:9-10,

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Sheol; neither wilt Thou allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.

The New Testament Fulfillment

The other disciples therefore were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I shall see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace {be} with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed {are} they who did not see, and {yet} believed.” Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name (John 20:25-31).

One of the most compelling arguments ever penned on the resurrection of Jesus

Simon Greenleaf was the famous Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University and succeeded Justice Joseph Story as the Dane Professor of Law in the same university, upon Story’s death. H. W. H. Knott says of this great authority in jurisprudence: “To the efforts of Story and Greenleaf is to be ascribed the rise of the Harvard Law School to its eminent position among the legal schools of the United States.

While still a Professor of Law at Harvard University, Greenleaf produced a famous work entitled: A Treatise on the Law of Evidence which is still considered the greatest single authority on evidence in the entire literature of legal procedure. “Greenleaf also wrote a volume entitled: An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice. What you are about to read is the opinion of one of the world’s foremost leading authorities on what constitutes good evidence in a court of law concerning the resurrection of Jesus.

The great truths which the apostles declared were that Christ had risen from the dead, and that only through repentance from sin and faith in Him, could men hope for salvation. This doctrine they asserted with one voice, everywhere, not only under the greatest discouragements, but in the face of the most appalling errors that can be presented to the mind of man. Their master had recently perished as a malefactor, by the sentence of a public tribunal. His religion sought to overthrow the religions of the whole world. The laws of every country were against the teachings of His disciples. The interests and passions of all the rulers and great men in the world were against them. The fashion of the world was against them. Propagating this new faith, even in the most inoffensive and peaceful manner, they could expect nothing but contempt, opposition, revilings, bitter persecutions, stripes, imprisonments, torments, and cruel deaths. Yet this faith they zealously did propagate; and all these miseries they endured undismayed, nay, rejoicing. As one after another was put to a miserable death, the survivors only prosecuted their work with increased vigor and resolution. The annals of military warfare afford scarcely an example of the like heroic constancy, patience, and unblenching courage. They had every possible motive to review carefully the grounds of their faith, and the evidences of the great facts and truths which they asserted; and these motives were pressed upon their attention with the most melancholy and terrific frequency. It was therefore impossible that they could have persisted in affirming the truths they have narrated, had not Jesus actually risen from the dead.” 1

Historys Defining Moment

The cross of Christ represents the defining moment in the history of mankind. Jesus had such a profound impact on the world by what He said and by what He did that the world marks time before His birth and after His death and resurrection. We live in the 21st century “A.D”. That is Latin for Anno Domini which means “In the year of the Lord”. The reason the world marks time by the birth and death of Jesus is because three days after He was crucified, He raised Himself from the dead! No one has ever done that before or since. Here we are nearly 2,000 years later and more than 2 billion people believe it.

I’m not so amazed that Jesus raised Himself from the dead. I’m more amazed that He could have died in the first place! Death is the result of sin. That is why all men die, no matter how they die. But Jesus was sinless. How then could He have died? The answer is found in 2 Corinthians 5:21,

He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Christ died all right—He took on the sins of the whole world, past, present and future! That is how God can legally forgive us without compromising His justice. Someone else paid the price for you!

10. The Middle-East is God’s Prophetic Time-Clock

Much of biblical prophecy is centered in and around the Middle-East. Among the most spectacular and easily verifiable Biblical prophecies are those that concern Israel. In dozens of places in the Old and New Testaments the Bible categorically declares that the last war of the world will be fought over Israel!

An excellent example is found in Ezekiel 36-39. Written 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel prophesied that the entire nation of Israel would be exiled because of her sin, that the land would then remain desolate for a long period of time, and in the “latter days” the Jews would return to the land. Furthermore, her return would become a stumbling block to the rest of the nations. That is what is happening right now! You can read about it in Joel 3, Isaiah 11:11-13, Zachariah 12:1-3, 14:2, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and literally dozens of other places in the Bible. These verses specifically name Israel as the catalyst for the war that will end all wars.

History Speaks

In A.D. 70, almost forty years after Jesus ascended to Heaven, General Titus and the Roman Army destroyed Jerusalem, and the Jews were exiled to the four corners of the earth. They remained a distinct race of people even though they had no homeland for almost 2000 years! Then, in 1939, World War II began. After the war, the survivors began to trickle back into the land. Then, in 1948, the United Nations declared Israel a sovereign state. Bull’s-eye!Precisely as the Bible predicted thousands of years earlier. Never before in the history of geopolitics have we seen anything that even begins to compare to biblical prophecy and the Middle East.

According to PhD. astrophysicists and other qualified American science professors, the odds of the Bible’s prophecies being fulfilled by chance are 1 out of a number expressed as 1 with 2,000 zeros after it. According to the mathematical science of probability, if a number has more than 50 zeros after it, the odds of that happening by chance is virtually impossible. To put this in perspective, the number of atoms in the known universe is believed to be 1080. That is ten with 80 zeros after it! This is irrefutable proof that the Bible is divinely inspired.

It wasnt the nails that held Christ to the

cross, it was his love for you and me!

The most profound demonstration of God’s love for mankind is revealed in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was His sacrifice that made atonement for sin and provided redemption not only for man, but for the universe itself. Yes, even the universe is dying. Physicists call it the Second Law of Thermal Dynamics. Theologians know what causes it; it’s called sin. The Bible says that God is going to let sin run its course. After that, He will create new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells-forever!

I leave you with the most glorious picture

of heaven you will ever find this side of

eternity from revelation 21-22

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer {any} sea.

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,

4 and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be {any} death; there shall no longer be {any} mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

6 And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

7 “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part {will be} in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

9 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.

12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names {were} written on them, which are {those} of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.

13 {There were} three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them {were} the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.

16 And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.

17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, {according to} human measurements, which are {also} angelic {measurements.}

18 And the material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.

23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp {is} the Lamb.

24 And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.

25 And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed;

26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;

27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

CHAPTER 22

1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

2 in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve {kinds of} fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him;

4 and they shall see His face, and His name {shall be} on their foreheads.

5 And there shall no longer be {any} night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place.

7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

9 And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God.”

10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.

11 “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward {is} with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book;

19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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